10/05/2013 5:20PM

Santa Anita: No Jet Lag enters Breeders' Cup picture by upsetting City of Hope Mile

Benoit & Associates
No Jet Lag, ridden by Mike Smith, will move on to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile after upsetting the City of Hope Mile.

ARCADIA, Calif. - No Jet Lag, making his graded stakes debut, scored an upset win in Saturday’s $150,750 City of Hope Mile at Santa Anita, outfinishing the heavily favored Obviously, who ran fourth.

The win led trainer Simon Callaghan to suggest that No Jet Lag would be pointed for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile on Nov. 2, a race that could include Obviously, the 1-2 favorite on Saturday.

“We can consider him for the Breeders’ Cup Mile,” Callaghan said. “He’s a talented horse and he’s got an enormous amount of speed. It was not a surprise to us that he won today.”

Ridden by Mike Smith, No Jet Lag ($28.20) ran a mile on turf in 1:31.84, closing from fifth in a field of eight to win by a half-length over He B Fire N Ice. Barocci finished third.

Obviously, third in the 2012 BC Mile and the winner of three graded stakes for turf milers this year, led by 1 1/2 lengths with a furlong remaining, but faded late, losing by 2 1/4 lengths.

Jockey Joe Talamo said he was left baffled with Obviously’s performance, thinking that stalking pacesetter Endorsement would work.

“I’m still mind-boggled,” he said 30 minutes after the race. “That was the first time in a long time that he relaxed behind a horse. If I’d have gone with him, we’d have gone [a half-mile] in 44 [seconds]. He just got outrun.”

No Jet Lag made his second start in the United States in the City of Hope Mile. A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Johar who began his career in England, No Jet Lag won an optional claimer at Del Mar on Aug. 11 despite breaking slowly.

Callaghan intended to run No Jet Lag in the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby on Sept. 2, but was unable to gain a berth in the divided race because of insufficient career earnings.

No Jet Lag had a better start in the City of Hope Mile. He trailed pacesetter Endorsement by approximately five lengths through early fractions of 22.48 and 45.50 seconds. No Jet Lag was second with a furlong remaining and took the lead in the final sixteenth.

“Mike tried to get him to relax behind horses and got cover,” Callaghan said. “He wanted to sit behind and make a run.”

Starspangled Heat finished fifth, followed by Willyconker, Endorsement, and Polytechnicien.

Owned by Anthony Ramsden, No Jet Lag has won 4 of 9 starts and $148,752. In England, he won twice in 2012, in minor races for 3-year-olds at Lingfield and Redcar.